By Daniel Warren Hill
Following the releases of “Softie” (placed in rotation at MTVU to over 9 million students worldwide), and “Romantic” (featured on Spotify’s Fresh Finds Indie playlist) earlier this year, Alt-Pop / Indie-Pop recording artist Beck Pete releases “April Fools in February” along with Part One of her EP Scared of Everything on Wilder Records.
“April Fools in February” is a playful, tongue-in-cheek song about coming to the realization that it takes more than love to keep a relationship together. Drawing from her own experiences, Pete modeled the song after a long-distance relationship in which Pete felt she had found ‘the one,’ but discovered after reuniting in person that the connection had soured. Beck finds catharsis in adding doses of humor to her candid lyrics in an adamant effort to move beyond the negative experiences.
Video games and mezcal on ice / The only recipe I know by heart that you like / Oh a month ago I would’ve said that I liked to fight / Now I got bruises for knees and white flags in my eyes
An engaging West coast audience has played a significant part in growing Beck Pete’s global fanbase. In addition to her 2018 single, “Gently Break It” having been featured on Netflix’s “Chilling Adventures of Sabrina,” Pete’s bold storytelling continues to attract recognition within the industry as quickly as it attracts new listeners.
Directed and edited by Zoé Kraft and Beck Pete, the music video for “April Fools in February” transforms Pete into another person; an experience she feels is common for those facing heartbreak head-on. What should be a pleasant and exciting stay at a fancy hotel becomes instead the backdrop for managing darker emotions, juxtaposing the dramatic with comedy.
Check out “April Fools in February” below, and find this and more great music on the Alchemical Records Multigenre Mixture playlist on Spotify.
Daniel Warren Hill is an American musician, writer, and motivational speaker. He is best known as the frontman for Washington DC area Alternative Rock band YellowTieGuy, as co-founder of Capitol Groove Collective, and increasing the exposure of artists on a global scale through his work with Alchemical Records.
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When D.C. venues were ready to reopen after COVID-19, indie pop duo GLOSSER was ready to perform. The two, Riley Fanning and Corbin Sheehan, formed the band pre-COVID out of a shared aesthetic vision and passion for music storytelling.
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